|LA IGLESIA DE NUESTRA SEÑORA DEL ROSARIO - TALPA|
TALPA: Surrounded by pine trees, Talpa is a pilgrimage city visited by millions of people every year. They come to pay tribute to Nuestra Señora del Rosario aka "La Chaparrita" ("The Short One"), who is believed to perform miracles. One is needed. After the Virgin of Guadalupe in Mexico City, this is the second most visited shrine by pilgrims in Mexico.
|"LA CHAPARITTA" EN LA IGLESIA DE NUESTRA SEÑORA DEL ROSARIO|
Most popular times to visit the church of Nuestra Señora del Rosario, where the statue is of la Chaparrita is displayed, are on her birthday, October 7th and during Easter week. Ten years ago, three million people made pilgrimages to Talpa at Easter. La Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Rosario was closed to visitors when the clinic took place and will remain closed through Easter and until the government declares the coronavirus crisis over.
The drive from centro Vallarta to Talpa takes approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes. The clinic took place at the local DIF (National System for Integral Family Development) offices and was organized by Laura Chavez-Halberg. Local animal advocates raised 4,000 pesos for the out-of-town extra expenses of gasoline and driving time. Breakfasts and lunches for vet team donated by DIF. Talpa photos taken by Dr. Poli´s wife, Concha.
|GATOS RECUPERANDO - CLÍNICA EN TALPA|
STERILIZATIONS AT CLINIC IN TALPA- 3/25-3/28
Female dogs: 96; Male dogs - 9; Female cats - 10; Male cats- 8
|DOS PERRITAS ESPERANDO CIRUGÍA - CLÍNICA EN TALPA|
TOTAL: 123 (note enormous disparity between male and female dog numbers)
DONATIONS AT CLINIC IN TALPA: 1,200 pesos
|PERRITOS ESPERANDO - CLÍNICA EN TALPA|
The clinic in Talpa was underwritten by the generous grant of
$11,000 US from FOHA (Friends of Homeless Animals). Roie Griego, founder and president of FOHA, is a board member of PEACEAnimals.
COLONIA LAS ARALIAS April 1-4
The clinic in las Aralias was a substitute for a cancelled Pets for Life clinic in the state of Nayarit.
|PARQUE LOS SAUCES EN COLONIA LAS ARALIAS - CLÍNICA SIEMPRE ESTÁ ATRÁS EN LA BODEGA|
DE SOFI GONZALEZ
A notice on the door to the bodega advised that anyone not observing the new rules, i.e., in line with personal space observed, one person at a time inside clinic with pet, etc., would not be served. This same notice was on view at Talpa clinic and will be on view for all future clinics until no more dangers from coronavirus exist. Dr.Poli has been in touch with the Secretary of Health who confirms no plans to cancel spay/neuter clinics.
Most interesting sight at clinic: A young woman in shorts with a tattoo of her black and white cat´s face on her upper arm. Scroll down to clinic schedule (red type) for photo.
|ZORAYA NAME - CLÍNICA EN LAS ARALIAS|
STERILIZATIONS AT CLINIC IN LAS ARALIAS APRIL 1-4:
Female dogs - 31; Male Dogs - 16; Female cats - 39; Male cats - 17
PLUS pregnancies terminated for 2 cats with 4 fetuses each
Numbers lower than our average are no doubt due to the "stay home" government recommendation.
DONATIONS at clinic in las aralas: 1,120 pesos
The clinic in las aralias was underwritten by the generous grant of $11,000 US from FOHA (Friends of Homeless Animals). Roie Griego, founder and president of FOHA, is a board member of PEACEAnimals.
|ESPERANDO CON SUS 3 CALICOS - COL. LAS ARALIAS|
DONATIONS TO PEACEANIMALS:
John Brooks - $35 US
Michael Turner - $50 US (monthly)
VallartaAdventures advised it would not be donating the monthly 5,000 pesos worth of vet supplies (8 months annually) until the financial impact of the coronavirus is over. It has been a devastating blow for a small tourist city.
MUNDO RARO (STRANGE WORLD):
On March 24, the Mexican government announced the initiation of phase two for COVID-19. The Gardens were ordered closed the same day. On March 31st, Mexico declared itself in Phase Three.
|MALECÓN - MARCH 30TH|
|KUPURI BEACH CLUB - FOUR SEASONS - PUNTA DE MITA|
On April 1st, the following news was published by the public security department of the Puerto Vallarta City Council as a preventative measure re COVID 19:
|EMPTY BEACHES - PHOTO CREDIT - CHRIS VIETOR|
"By official provision and until further notice, the beaches, rivers, public squares and the malecón will be closed to the public."
Testing this the following day -it seems fine to do walks on the malecón and presumably on the beach. In a comforting message to the public, the mayor announced there are 500 plots ready for burials - and for sale- at 5,000 pesos each. He failed to mention food banks and other positive news. If you´d like to help:
Vallarta Food Bank organized by Francie Nguyen
Francie is owner/chef of the excellent Asian fusion restaurants, Bonito Kitchen and Ramen Ya. Take-out and delivery available.
International Friendship Club is accepting food, clothing etc.
Donations accepted 11 AM-1 PM. Contact: Josué - 222 5466
|"LUNA" - MAMÁ FELIZ DE 8 CACHORROS|
LUNA is the name of the rescued mama Lab mix. She and her eight plump, pretty puppies are thriving at their foster home with Claudia Gallegos. If Luna´s owner is well enough to take care of his dog (he is currently undergoing kidney dialysis), she will be returned to him. Luna´s puppies (German Shepherd/Pit Bull) will be for adoption in a month or so If interested:
|LOS 8 BEBÉS DE LUNA VAN ESTAR EN ADOPCIÓN EN COMO 2 MESES. (PASTOR ALEMÁN/PIT BULL)|
Sí no está una dirección, es porque todavía no tenemos.
DOGS AND CATS FOR ADOPTION AT THE CENTRO DE CONTROL ANIMAL Y SALUD (ACOPIO) ALL ANIMALS TESTED FOR DISEASE, VACCINATED AND STERILIZED. CLICK LINK FOR PHOTOS AND DESCRIPTIONS.
PERROS Y GATOS EN ADOPCIÓN EN EL CENTRO DE CONTROL ANIMAL Y SALUD (ACOPIO). TODOS TIENEN PRUEBAS PARA ENFERMEDADES Y ESTÁN VACUNADOS Y ESTERILIZADOS. HAZ CLICK EN EL ENLACE PARA FOTOS Y DESCRIPCIÓNES.